I don’t live in South End or NoDa or Plaza Midwood or any of the awesome neighborhoods in and around uptown. I live out Monroe Road, almost in Matthews. The shopping centers nearest to me sit around the Sardis Road North and Monroe Road intersection.
But I’m gonna let you in on a secret: There’s some pretty great stuff out here.
I almost didn’t write this article because I don’t want my favorite places to get too busy. But these places deserve some love, so I’m going to give it.
The three best things at Sardis Road N and Monroe:
(1) Carolina Cinemas (formerly Crownpoint)
9630 Monroe Road.
If you haven’t been here since the the theater was renovated, you’re in for a treat. This is my favorite theater in Charlotte by a long shot. Why?
– Comfy reclining seats. Yeah, reclining.
And love seats. In each theater. So I can kick my feet up and enjoy a nice beer. Speaking of which …
– Local beer. 24 rotating taps of Charlotte, N.C. and S.C. beer, to be exact.
– Solid food. Some items on the menu: Carolina Fries (tossed with truffle oil and grated parmesan) and pizza made with dough from Nova’s Bakery. Plus, you get a buzzer to pick up your food from the theater door so there aren’t waiters wandering around the whole time.
(2) New Zealand Café
1717 Sardis Road North, Suite 6A.
For the cost, New Zealand Café serves my favorite sushi in Charlotte. Sure, you can pay more and get marginally better stuff, but you can’t beat what they offer for the price.
Sushi feast at the New Zealand Cafe pic.twitter.com/GDY0JFszTH
— Connor Hall (@CoHall5) July 17, 2015
I have sushi-loving friends that will drive 35 minutes from University City to come here. It’s a tiny place, though, so prepare to wait on a weekend night.
10020 Monroe Road, Suite 180
Deep Sea sells fresh seafood from all over the world. Sure, you’ll pay more here than you do at Harris Teeter, but the selection and quality is worth it.
There’s also prepared food to take home and cook, like crab cakes (yum) and shrimp-stuffed, bacon-wrapped jalapeños(!!!).
Deep Sea serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and I’ve never gotten anything bad there.
I went there with my wife yesterday. She got the smoked salmon B.L.T. and I got the fried catfish po-boy. Just look at this deliciousness.
– Tony’s Pizza, 1605 Galleria Boulevard: Huge slices of N.Y.-style pizza.
– Boardwalk Billy’s, 1636 Sardis Road North: Doesn’t have the view that the one in UCity does, but still a solid spot.
– Mi Pueblo, 1820 Sardis Road North: Standard and good Mexican restaurant with cheap and really cold beer.
Short driving distance:
– Taste of Europe, 10915 Monroe Road, Matthews: Pierogis, potato pancakes and high-gravity European beer.
Come on out to the ‘burbs. We have cool things, too.
Corey Inscoe @CoreyInscoe